Jackie Robinson Museum

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Jackie Robinson Day: Pop-Up Museum Features Never-Before-Seen Artifacts

April 15, 2019 - 3:52 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke a major color barrier when he became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Now, exactly 72 years later, No. 42 is being remembered at the future site of the Jackie Robinson Museum in Manhattan.

“On the field, he was always the most daring and exciting player I ever saw,” said fan Mel Feuerman.

He arrived at the exhibit on Monday and marveled at vast array of Jackie Robinson memorabilia and notes that he saw Robinson play professionally when he was a child.

“The best part was when he got to third base,” Feuerman said, “drove the pitchers wild.”

The pop-up exhibit features never-before-seen artifacts and photos, which will be included in the official museum when it opens in December.

“Today, we have the jacket that Jackie wore with the Brooklyn Dodgers, we have the team baseball back to the 1955 World Series,” Said Ivo Philbert, with the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

He’s says he’s thrilled that on April 15, every Major League player wears Robinson’s number.

“That is so important so we don't forget the impact that he had,” Philbert said.

He says Robinson’s impact went well beyond baseball and he lived a remarkable life.

Last month, Robinson’s family was also honored with keys to Brooklyn on what would have been his 100th birthday.